York Region is strategically located in the Greater Toronto Area; North America’s 3rd largest life sciences cluster by sector employment (40,000 employees : 1,300 companies). The Region is home to 300 Life Sciences & Healthcare Technology firms including global industries leaders such as Teva, Johnson & Johnson, Apotex, Smiths, Drager, PerkinElmer, Alexion, Abbott, Olympus Medical, Nightingale Informatix, and Cerner Canada.

Life Sciences & Healthcare Technology York Region

Life Sciences & Healthcare Technology in the Greater Toronto Area

  • York Region is home to Ontario’s largest Local Health Network (LHIN) serving 1.8 million residents
  • Healthcare-IT convergence: York Region is home to Canada’s 2nd largest Information & Communications Technology (ICT) cluster including leading Healthcare IT firms such as IBM, Nightingale Informatix, and Cerner Canada
  • 25 of top 50 global pharma firms and 16 of top 25 global medical device firms have Canadian Headquarters in the Toronto area
  • Concentrated and diverse patient base; area population 6.1M (45% foreign-born), 5th largest metro area in U.S./Canada
  • 60 vicinity hospitals including 12 research and 9 teaching hospitals
  • 6 area medical schools and over 50 academic programs related to medical devices and biomedical engineering

Major Life Sciences & Healthcare Technology Companies With Operations in York Region

HealthTech Commercialization in York Region is Extensive and Fast Growing

  • Extensive local healthcare ecosystem: 3 local hospitals (4th underway), 700 physician offices, 70 labs, 220 pharmacies, 30 long-term care facilities, and over 400 other specialist out-patient and paramedical practitioners
  • Ideal startup location for SME’s
  • Hospitals-industry collaboration framework focused on community care
  • Specific opportunities exist in chronic disease management, health informatics & analytics, health systems and process re-engineering, imaging, mobile applications, remote monitoring, non-invasive medical devices

VentureLAB Regional Innovation Centre

  • Home to ventureLAB Innovation Centre: One-stop-shop start-up/commercialization support for entrepreneurs
  • Part of Province of Ontario’s Network of Entrepreneurs  (ONE), designed to help commercialize ideas
  • Healthcare-ICT technology convergence centre

Academic Research & Innovation

  • York University: Canada’s 3rd largest university; leading interdisciplinary research and teaching institution
  • Seneca College: Canada’s largest college; leader in applied research and education

York Region Life Sciences & Healthcare Technology News

Health Canada Approves Vaughan Based Pharmaceutical Company Alexion Pharma Canada’s Strensiq™, the First Therapy for Patients with Hypophosphatasia

VAUGHAN, ON, Aug. 17, 2015 /CNW/ - Alexion Pharma Canada, a subsidiary of Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: ALXN), today announced ...
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Newmarket Headquartered Animal Tracking Device Firm, Lotek, Makes Wildlife Conservation High Tech

In a complimentary way, Aurora’s Jim Lotimer is a modern day Doctor Dolittle. While the beloved children’s book Dolittle character ...
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A Green Urban Design for the Vaughan Healthcare Centre Precinct

Architectural designs of the new Vaughan Healthcare Centre Precinct were showcased at the Toronto of the Future exhibition on June 1 to ...
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